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 Post subject: Solving my bare chest
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:21 pm 
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Solving for me has always been a very personal thing and I have little interest in the regimented popular ways of today. I really don't solve much now but the Treasure Chest caught my imagination. Not to solve it as it is but to solve it with no stickers.
It quickly became clear though that it could take more than a lifetime so I had to find a few tricks. Remember this is my challenge and my rules. I figured I may be able to use the old combination lock trick where you check every digit for a slight looseness. That slight looseness indicates the correct digit. My hunch was correct and now the puzzle seemed very solvable.
At first I just made random moves and it wasn't long before I got my first pair. Although I was solving it stickerless I allowed myself to add stickers to indicated each solved pair. The stickers were just my way of keeping track of what I had already solved (my rules again).
After an hour or so I was looking for my final pair. However much random moving I was doing though I struggled to find them. So I used a logical process of checking every remaining edge against every corner with every orientation. About 20 mins later I found it and I was done.
Below is how the puzzle looked after completion. It reminds me of my early days where the only thing that mattered to me was solving and I couldn't care less about how a puzzle looked.
Please don't worry about the puzzle. It will be put to good use.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:47 pm 
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Wow! I can't believe you pulled off those beautiful tiles! But knowing Tony Fisher, he will make something more beautiful out of it yet! Can't wait to see...

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When I first saw this post, I was shocked :shock: I always thought of TF as a great brute of a man, taking puzzles and crushing them to his will with his bare hands, who must have a gigantic hairy chest, with hair so thick and long and luxurious you could use it to stuff a mattress, and I want to hug him and love him and call him George and have his babies ...

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Sorry, did I just type that last post by mistake?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:16 am 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: To both Gus and Tony!
Interesting way of doing a solve on that. Had I known you were going to ruin the stickers...I have some without....no wait, those are pre-production. Nope! Not for your man tools.

And Tony, I'm still waiting for an answer on the footsies!

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:49 am 
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katsmom wrote:
:lol: :lol: :lol: To both Gus and Tony!
Interesting way of doing a solve on that. Had I known you were going to ruin the stickers...I have some without....no wait, those are pre-production. Nope! Not for your man tools.


No ruined stickers Rox, just carefully removed (and kept).
Gus, the restraining order is in the post.

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:06 am 
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Gus, the restraining order is in the post.
When I get it, I'll bring it around to your house and get you to sign it. Don't worry if you're not in, I'll just camp outside until you return, staying alive by going through your bins and eating leftover food and ... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:51 am 
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Well that's settled then. You are NOT getting my home address for the Tar[Police Box]dis delivery :shock:

See children - this is why you do not give your information out to just anyone online...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:32 pm 
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Gus wrote:
When I first saw this post, I was shocked :shock: I always thought of TF as a great brute of a man, taking puzzles and crushing them to his will with his bare hands, who must have a gigantic hairy chest, with hair so thick and long and luxurious you could use it to stuff a mattress, and I want to hug him and love him and call him George and have his babies ...

Wow, that totally derailed the entire thread. Oh well, at least the poster who posted the topic "Solving my Bare Chest" was male! :lol: :lol: :lol:

@oxymoroncuber: about posting info online... try telling that to 500 million Facebook users! :O

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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I'm sitting in a class getting to get my students to wake up....and it just hit me!

Gus, are you taking that from a bastardized Steinbeckish quote, or the Bugs Bunny skit with daffy duck?

(I feel like an idiot now. It took me a while to remember)

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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Gus wrote:
When I first saw this post, I was shocked :shock: I always thought of TF as a great brute of a man, taking puzzles and crushing them to his will with his bare hands, who must have a gigantic hairy chest, with hair so thick and long and luxurious you could use it to stuff a mattress, and I want to hug him and love him and call him George and have his babies ...



LOL

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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MizMelysaLadi wrote:

Lets try not to derail this topic too much.

EDIT: never mind, I get it, but can we please get back to why this topic is suposed to be about?

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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RubiksMaster614 wrote:
EDIT: never mind, I get it, but can we please get back to why this topic is suposed to be about?
Normally I find it my job to mention such things, but I find myself being a bit lax on this topic as Tony was *clearly* asking for it.

Dave :)

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:29 am 
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Sorry Tony for derailing this thread. Have you a method of solving a standard 3x3x3 without stickers :D

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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It's all good fun guys. That's what puzzles are about right?

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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Tony Fisher wrote:
It's all good fun guys. That's what puzzles are about right?
Agreed.

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 Post subject: Re: Solving my bare chest
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Does that mean I can now ask about tuning in the dials?

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